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Position: Assistant Professor of Music Education
Department: School of Music


The School of Music is part of the College of Performing Arts, and is comprised of full-time and adjunct faculty who are established professional musicians who bring their knowledge and artistry to the students at the University. Jazz and American contemporary music are the foundations of the School of Music, especially in our performance, composition and music business degree programs.


The School of Music offers Bachelor of Music degrees in vocal and instrumental performance, composition, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music, Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET). Three graduate degree programs are offered in the School of Music; MM in Jazz Studies, MAT in Music Education, and the MM in Music Education.


Collaboration and creativity are cornerstones of the School of Music, and our students improvise and collaborate with each other and with faculty across campus, building upon a powerful foundation that includes theory, musicianship, history, music and recording technology, music business, the liberal arts, and entrepreneurial activities, in order to create a style and creative voice unique for each of our students. School of Music students are creative problem-solvers who discover, challenge and change as they develop as musicians, artists and educated individuals prepared to take the next step in their exciting careers.


Music Education at The University of the Arts lives in a few different areas: as a music education minor that accompanies the undergraduate music degree programs in performance and composition; in the Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education (MAT) degree that prepares students for teaching certification; and in the Master of Music in Music Education (MM MUED) program that supports certified music educators in their pursuit of an advanced degree.


The MM in MUED is a summer’s only program that is nationally renowned for the innovative nature of the content and the world-class faculty. This degree program, also known as the Summer Music Studies, provides professional development courses at the graduate level for pre-k to grade 12 music educators.


Position Description:

The University of the Arts is seeking applicants for a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor of Music Education position beginning in the 2018 – 2019 Academic Year. This position manages the School’s Music Education Minor, Master of Arts in Teaching in Music degree program, and assists in coordinating the Master of Music in Music Education and Summer Music Studies programs.  Screening for this position will begin November 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate music education courses.
  • Coordinating and assessing student teaching observations.
  • Administrative responsibilities including hiring and supervising faculty, staff and administrative Support, instructor scheduling, and managing course curriculum and planning.
  • Develop enrollment strategies with School, College, and University administrators.
  • Review new student applications to determine admit status.
  • Develop relationships with schools, and school districts to cultivate partnerships.
  • Other responsibilities pertinent to the School of Music and the Division of Music Education, as well as service to the University are anticipated and expected.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the incumbent; they do not purport to describe all functions.  Incumbent may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may change from time to time as necessary.



  • Master’s Degree required, Doctorate preferred.
  • Substantial experience and proven success teaching at the college and K-12 levels.
  • Extensive supervisory or administrative experience in music education.
  • Knowledge of PA Dept. of Education policies relative to music education curricula and certification.
  • Awareness of best practices and peer competitors in the field of professional development for teachers.
  • Proven record in a leadership role in educational administration in higher education.
  • Understand the complexities of educational leadership, traditional and innovative music curricula, diverse assessment strategies, and high quality instructional delivery, musicianship and teaching pedagogy.


The University of the Arts—a leader in developing visual and performing artists and designers since 1876—is the only university in the United States that allows its students to collaborate across traditional lines. With more than 30 majors, 30 minors and 13 graduate programs in visual arts, performing arts, design and liberal studies, UArts develops alumni who are not only leaders in their disciplines, but also creative thinkers able to succeed in any path they choose. Our nearly 1,900 students study and create on our campus in the heart of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, the city’s cultural center, within walking distance of hundreds of galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts venues.



Interested qualified applicants should submit:

  • A letter of application detailing qualifications,
  • An up-to-date CV,
  • Statement of teaching philosophy,
  • Sample syllabi (preferably ones that demonstrate assignments addressing innovation in music education),
  • A digital portfolio of examples of recent professional and/or personal work and examples of work by students
  • The contact information for three professional references.

Screening for this position will begin November 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.


Please submit applications via email to: Micah Jones (mjones@uarts.edu). Please use “Music Education Position” in the subject line. Prospective candidates are encouraged to submit necessary application materials as soon as possible. Please do not submit supplemental materials or letters unless they are requested.


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